Visa for the purpose of familial/spousal reunification


You are already married to a German national or a person living permanently in Germany and consequently want to live together in Germany? Please apply for a family reunion visa.

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Residents of the following countries/provinces must submit their visa application to the indicated mission:

  • GERMAN EMBASSY PRETORIA: Free State, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West, Lesotho, Swaziland
  • GERMAN CONSULATE GENERAL CAPE TOWN: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape

OPTIONAL (please check special conditions when applying through the honorary consuls and liaison officer)

We request that you take advantage of our Online Appointment Booking System. Applications must be submitted in person and may not be submitted by courier, regular post, fax or e-mail.

The fee for a residence permit is the equivalent of 75 Euro. The fee must be paid in cash, in South African Rands upon application. For spouses of German or EU-citizens or to the parent of a German or EU-minor the visa fee is waved.

Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. In order to ensure that your application is processed without delay, please submit the following documents (in original and two copies as indicated below). Unfortunately, copies cannot be provided by the German Missions.

Original documents required for:

Original + two copies required for:

  • An unabridged marriage certificate
  • Language Certificate A1 („Start Deutsch 1“) from the Goethe Institute or any other language certificate issued by the 'Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)' (In South Africa the competent authority is the Goethe Institute.)
  • Proof of health insurance valid from date of arrival (German Statutory/National or Private health insurance)

If your spouse/family member residing in Germany is German:

  • Copy of the passport or ID
  • Copy of the rental contract of the spouse living in Germany
  • Proof of spouse's earnings/making a living in Germany (e.g. Work contract, scholarship,bursary, etc)

If your spouse/family member residing in Germany is not German:

  • Copy of the passport with a copy of the Residence permit
  • Copy of the rental contract for the spouse living in Germany
  • Proof of spouse's earnings/making a living in Germany (e.g. Work contract, scholarship,bursary)

Subsequent immigration of family members:

  • Marriage certificate of parents - An 'unabridged marriage certificate'
  • Birth certificates of children - 'Unabridged birth certificate'
  • Copy of the parents passports with a copy of the residence permit
  • Copy of the rental contract of the parents living in Germany
  • Proof of parents earnings/making a living in Germany (e.g. work contract, scholarship, bursary, etc)
  • If applicable – proof of custody from the court/certified consent of legal guardians to travel
  • If applicable – acknowledgement of paternity
  • If applicable – proof of a valid adoption in process (in the German legal system)

Please note that each visa application is reviewed individually. Therefore, the requested documents may vary. The German Missions reserve the right to ask for additional documents. The submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee the issuance of a visa. Applicants may, at any time, be asked for a personal interview. Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to attend the mandatory visa interview will result in a refusal of your visa application. Once a visa has been issued, the purpose of the trip may not be altered.

The German Missions require approximately two to three months to process your visa application. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been granted. We kindly ask that no status requests on the visa application be made during the first two months. We will notify the applicant on any change of status or progress of the application as soon as possible and whenever the need arises.

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Please appear at the visa section with all required documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and you may be asked to return at another time. Please understand that documents sent prior to application submission by email/fax/post will not be considered.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is complete upon submission. Each application must be presented with all necessary photocopies for documents that you would like to have returned to you. The visa section will not be responsible for making necessary copies. During the visa processing period no update can be given.

Upon receiving the visa: Please check visa data for possible mistakes as soon as you receive your passport. Pay particular attention to the visa’s validity (start and end dates) with regards to the total duration of your planned stay. Also check the correct spelling of your name, as well as the number of entries you were granted. The visa section must be informed of possible mistakes immediately and cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur as a result of incorrect data or a missing signature in the travel document.

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